I was in the market for an abg a while ago, and im first realizing now how incredibly let down i was by some of the major manufacturers. I went to a lot of shops, tried out an awful lot of production abg's, and just wow... they were terrible sounding. The Martins just didnt have any volume. There was nothing even close to a full bodied tone on those $1100-$1300 instruments. The Ovation was just a bad idea to start out with. You cant put a plastic back on an abg. It had bells and whistles (built in tuner, fancy electronics), but it also had no volume or sustain. The sound quality was terrible, imo, too. Fenders came closer to a good sound, but were still lacking. I think they were a more reasonable price. However, they were muddy and just wouldnt do. The Ibanezs I tried out were the best of the bunch, but were a little lacking in the quality dept. They had the best overall volume. I ended up buying a knock off of a Michael Kelly (a Sanatoga) with a quilt maple top (very nice), a pretty decent looking neck inlay, and decent electronics (I dont use them, so I dont care). The best part is I paid like nothing for it, I think it was somewhere around 280. It was the best decision Ive ever made concerning musical instruments (after buying an ibanez edb600, a fender bassman 60 and a broken trombone...). It has more volume than you could ever expect, but the built quality is a liiittle on the poor side. I would say its comparable to a Tacoma. Does anyone have the same feelings as I do?